Holidays, relationships, and quitting smoking among the dangers
~~ Holiday season: With all the food, stress, and booze associated with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the holidays account for 51% of all weight gained during the year.
~~ Quitting smoking: Men are especially at risk here, with an 8% chance of adding more than 28 pounds after giving up tobacco. Women get off easier, with just a 6% chance.
~~ Good relationships: Happy couples tend to eat out a lot, eat chocolate, lounge around in bed, and do other activities conducive to gaining weight.
~~ Getting married: For women, there’s a 48% chance that getting hitched will lead to a major weight gain. (On the other hand, women who just move in with their significant other without getting married gain only one-fifth as much weight.)
~~ Getting divorced: Apparently all aspects of relationships cause weight gain. Women have a 22% chance of putting on pounds after a divorce, and it’s even higher for men.
~~ First year in college: On average, freshmen women gain just over three pounds. PLUS: Female first-year university students gain weight 36 times faster than non-college women of the same age.
~~ Being Jobless: Unemployment is more than twice as likely to result in major weight gain than major weight loss. “The three factors at play here are purpose, esteem, and income—probably in that order. Losing our job means losing our main activity, which gives us time on our hands—to eat. Losing our esteem can make us want to comfort-eat, and losing income drives poor food choices. Unemployment does not bode well for health or weight.”
~~ Pregnancy: Men GAIN Weight, TOO! Forty percent of men experience “sympathetic pregnancy” and gain weight while their partners are pregnant. The condition, technically known as couvade syndrome, finds males vicariously sharing their female partners’ pregnancy symptoms—such as nausea, backache, increased appetite, and food cravings. Fathers-to-be in one study “craved chocolate, ice cream, potato chips, and fried eggs.”